March 4th 2010 6:46 pm
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The last couple of mornings I was able to get my walkie with my boss boy. I love that so much. He doesn't use the nose harness like growlmy does, so I can pull to my hearts content! BOL! But he doesn't use the flexi leash either, so I can only sniff at 6 foot distances. The other leash goes to 25 feet. That is so great for dog meet and greet, or even getting a short bunny or squirrel chase in. Oh well, win some, loose some...
Continuing with the long list of dogs on my walk route.
The next dogs I meet are a white mutt with a curly tail, I do not know his name...so I just call him Curly Tail. Very clever, don't you think? He seems friendly enough but I have only had a nose to nose with him once when their fence was broken. Mostly he just follows me along his fence.
His sisfur is a young Boxer. I call her Bouncy-Boxy, because I also do not know her name. And she is very bouncy. She goes boingy, boingy all over the yard. I think she has pogo sticks in her legs. When she was very small, she jumped over the fence, or perhaps slipped through an opening and tried to follow us. She would not take no for an answer! And she was bouncing all over me and growlmy, too. She finally got tired and sat down, so we were able to get going again. At least now she stays in her yard. Maybe it would have been fun to play with her, if I was off my leash.
I think growlmy should have a play date for all my friendly pups that I know from my stroll! BOL! After all My yard is securely fenced and an acre in size, plenty of room for running and jumping and chasing.
After that there is a house with another mini Dachshund. I call her Daschy. I wish growlmy would try and find out all the proper names of these doggys, one day she will run out of name inventions to use...
This little doggy always says hello to me with these cute little woofs. Sometimes she has a very large brown Pointer type dog visiting with her.
A few days ago I even saw a Minipinscher there. They must get a lot of company.
The last house on this quiet street has an old Pomeranian who sometimes comes to visit the old men who live there in foster care. She is so old and fat that when she barks at me it sounds very wheezy. I don't think she has a lot of fun, she is always tied up when I see her.
Around the corner, back on the main road, is a huge black dog, a lab/pit mix. He always has insults to tell me...I don't think he is very friendly.
Then there is a nice Chesapeake Retriever. She often gets to walk with her boss man, on our road, then I get to bark at her. BOL! I have never asked what her name is...dumb of me!
Then there are two Shelties that always carry on when they see me. and sometimes there are 2 other white and black dogs there, too. When they see us walking past, they all start to bark and howl. Then they take their stuffed toys and shake them up; drop them and bark some more, then shake up the toys again, they run all over their yard with these toys. We call them the Toy-Barkers.
I think I shall leave the last few dogs on the home stretch of road for one more chapter.
Keep watching for the next episode...
March 3rd 2010 5:16 pm
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Here I am again all my faithful and curious readers. Woofing my way along the now famous Freckles' Road Stroll.
Now I am coming to one of my favorite places to pass by. I always look over there, because not only is there a doggy there, but often the deer are visiting and maybe the turkeys. Gobble-gobble! And along with the resident dog, there is a big fat tuxedo cat named Panda. He sometimes follows us...Woof! The dog that lives here is Schotzie. She is a Westie. Yeah, a Terrier! Sometimes her boss lady is outside with her and we walk together after first having a joyful greeting. This doggy was so tiny when I first met her, but now she is all grown up. She can't walk very fast and sometimes her boss lady has to pick her up and carry her, because she limps and even drags one of her little back paws sometimes. Poor thing! She has a spinal injury or defect, her vet is not too sure what the trouble is...Poor thing can't run very fast, but she still likes to give the squirrels a good woofing when she sees them. I like walking with her, she is good company. Sometimes I meet her and her boss lady with another non-dog lady. That lady almost always has a yummy for me! I get so excited when I see her, even more fun that seeing the Westie. After all the dog doesn't give me any treats... I even got really naughty once and tried to get the treats out of her pocket. I'm a bit tall for my breed and she is not a very tall lady, so I took advantage of her. BOL!
One time I was walking here with my dog cousin from Canada. He is a Cairn Terrier. So then we were the Three Muskaterriers! BOL!
Next is Brandy, an apricot Toy Poodle. She is NOT friendly at all and growls at me. Funny because she is so small, I could eat her in a bite or two if I had a mind to. But of course, I am not bad like that...so when she does that growling stuff, I just go and sit beside my growlmy to keep out of her way, while growlmy chats with her owner...
Then, across from there is a tiny Dachshund. I don't know her name, so I call her Teckly, because she has European boss people. Her boss man is a fireman, why they don't have a Dalmatian is beyond me! BOL!
Then comes Fred! He is a very FAT beagle. He waddles! And Howls, I think it is called baying.
He has to be on a chain when he is outside, but I know its only for a short time because I often see his (not fat) boss lady take him inside. So it must be because there is no fence there. And Beagles will go on the hunt...
Next, is a Husky or Malamute, I only get glimpses of this dog, I don't even know if it is a boy or girl dog... The yard in the back is fenced, and so I only see this dog when it is watching me out of the front door window. It doesn't bark at me to say hello or stay away, isn't that weird? I bet it had lots of fun in all the deep snow we had recently. BOL!
There comes next a beautiful, very pale golden retriever. I don't know her name, but she is friendly. Sometimes she is with her boss man getting the mail. Or in her yard chasing the squirrels away. I would love to help her with that job, BOL!
Well, I shall continue my dog saga another day...Woofs for now!
March 2nd 2010 6:01 pm
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Early this morning just before I went on my walk, there was a Deer in the neighbour's yard. Just lying there all relaxed, watching my humans go to work and school. Didn't even get up when I barked at it through the fence. Growlmy was worried that it was hurt, but eventually when it got up, it just ran normally. Maybe it needed a rest for a while, from all the hard walking in the deep snow! I was kind of sad though, I wish I could have gone over there to smell where it had been, and maybe find some deer offerings to roll in or eat, Yum! BOL!
Huraay! A lot of the snow is leaving us. Boo! A lot of mud puddles are now in their place...I do not like wet feet. That's even worse than the deep snow. Never happy!
I made an inventory boo-boo yesterday! I forgot about little Simon.
He lives in the house just before the hill and bridge. He is a white ball of fluff, a Bichon. If he is loose outside, he always comes to say hello. I think he would be fun to play with in my yard. He fits right under me, though! One day I saw this dog barking at me from a different window than usual...then growlmy laughed and said 'e is standing on the kitchen counter!' Oh I am glad that there are other dogs in the universe who do naughty things...
I already woofed about Molly.
Across from her are 2 big dogs. One is a big grey and white girl dog, called Muffin. She is friendly, and I think she would love a good romp, but I am always on my leash... I think she is a mixture of standard schnauzer and sheepdog.
She has a young brofur named Mack. He is a reddish brown color. He is huge! Probably because he is a mix of Irish wolfhound and Airedale terrier. He is so silly and naughty. He liked to run away from his people to chase critters and or follow me. But just try and catch him! And he didn't ever listen to his boss lady or boss man. He was a rescue dog, maybe he was spoiled because of that, I think he would be a great guy if he learned doggy manners. His humans put up a big fence for him! So now he can run around and not get away. (Just like me...when I got my fence.)
Today, When we walked past Lovey, the snow was so hard from still being cold(20 Degrees at 8:30 am), she nearly jumped over the fence! It is that high, and she wasn't sinking into it! OMD! I didn't want to have her out on the road...But she didn't jump after all. I think my growlmy should warn her boss lady about the tall snow dangers... It makes the fence like 2 feet high instead of 4.
More dog inventory some other day. Bye!
Woofs and licks!
March 1st 2010 7:51 pm
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First a couple of diversions from my walky.
Huraay for Canada, they did win the big game! Go, Canada! Red Maple Leafs rock!
Today, I had the embarrassing position of having to model some green things. Necklaces are not what I, a he man dog should be wearing...let alone that head gear...now if it was a hockey helmet...BOL! I think it will be a long spring, after this green celebration we have the bunny stuff! Now that is more to my taste, Hee-hee! BOL!
Anyways, now I will resume my dog inventory...
After I turn down the next street which is a quaint country road, I have to go past a house where there are 2 big mutts, one is a lab mix and the other is of unknown heritage to my eyes. They can be quite intimidating, especially the lab mix. He thinks the street belongs to him and he has growled at me. That wasn't very polite...I try to leave a little message on the nearby trees to divert him, if I notice his presence. Then we can continue our stroll while he spends time investigating what I had to say to him on the dog communication spot. When he gets done, we are too far along for him to bother with us any more...whew!
A little ways further is Bullet. She is a little Lhasa Apsho. Very cute. Her peoples used to have Labs, but they were very old and had to go TTB. So since Bullets people didn't want such big or active doggys anymore they got her. She is their 'laprador'...BOL! Oh, yeah...when this couple take their own exercise walk they take Bullet with them in as little dog stroller. She sits in that thing like a queen in her carriage! BOL! I have to use my 4 legs to go everywhere...
After I walk a bit further, down a steep hill and over the creek bridge, The next house is where another Molly lives. This Molly is a Miniature Schnauzer. Her name should be Miss Yappy! She gets so excited that if she is inside she stands on a chair and does dog scratching on the window. I think she has gone ballistic! Its like she is trying to dig a hole through the window to get out to see me! BOL!
I shall continue more, later...
Night! Woofs and licks!
February 28th 2010 12:50 pm
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Just a momentary thought diversion...I am rooting and woofing for Team Canada to win the BIG game today!! WOOF! GO CANADA!
Continuing with my daily dog walking inventory...
After I cross the street, with growlmy holding tightly to my leash...
There is a mutt of unknown heritage. I don't see him often but he must be ferocious, because there is a beware of dog sign at his front door! He leaves interesting smells at the entrance to his front walkway...
Then there are 2 outdoor dogs who bark and sing whenever they see us coming. They look like collie/husky mixes. They are always tied up or in a pen, not much fun...I hope their nest boxes/dog houses are warm, because we have had some cold winter nights, lately.
Then there is a little Yorkie, who I see once in a while. He is so tiny, I think my kitty furblings are bigger than him!
Next is a big brown lab puppy, he is goofy and full of beans, but I don't get to meet him too often; I think his boss man has an odd work schedule...I did once hear his name, but now I have forgotten it, must be my age is catching up with my memory bank!
Next to the church there is another lab, black. She had a litter of pups a couple of years ago, but I think she went to some other of her family, because I hardly ever see her anymore.
At the church, there is also a day school. The headmaster there has a Chihuahua , he is very noisy to me, but he must be very well educated, because he goes to school, every day!
Then, there is Asa. He is a huge Chocolate lab, young and cuckoo. He takes his bossman for a run every day. One day he got out and nearly got hit by a car, because he wanted to see us on the other side of the street. That was scary!
Across from the church there is a house with 2 Pomeranians. Very yappy little creatures, but they do listen to their bossman. I do not know their names. A long time ago, there was an old beagle living there, her name was Daisy, but she went TTB several years ago.
Beside that house is a big old yellow lab, his name is Spook! (I think because he is very light in colour.) He is very placid, and walks beside his boss lady without a leash. He even lets me sniff him and walk beside him.
He has a brofur, named Willie. He is a very young Chocolate lab. He used to run out of his yard and try to follow us, but now he has learned better manners. He also took his boss lady for runs every day, until he went to doggy school to learn how to take better care of her!
A little ways down the street is another young beagle. I don't see him too often nor have I ever had a good neighbourly sniff of him. I don't know his name either.
At the end of this stretch of my walk are 2 outside mutts. I call them the jumpy barkers, because when they see me they bark a lot and jump up on top of their dog houses to get a better view of me, or maybe to try and jump out to visit with me...
That takes care of this quarter mile, more to follow.
I now will go to bark at the Hockey game...
February 27th 2010 7:07 pm
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I met a few dogs this morning on my walk.
So I decided to make a type of inventory of them...but along that 2 mile stretch there are a lot of dogs...so it will take a few chapters.
To start with, to the north of us there are 2 dogs who I sometimes play with, even though I do not go past these places on my walk, since I go south to start that, every day. I walk in a large circle with a tail on it because of how the streets are here...
The first dog is Harley. He is a Terrier mix, (Yeah, terriers), and looks like he has dachshund, in his blood, too.He is crazy, worse than me...and gives his people a good run for the money whenever he has a chance. I remember doing that, too, more than once!
Right next door is Jackson, a huge black lab mix, a rescued dog. He is a big goofy guy, and loves to bark at everything. I feel sorry for him because he has no fenced yard to run in, so unless his boss lady is with him, he has to be on a tie out.
Next door, to the south, used to be Bacon, a mini-dachshund, but she has gone to live somewhere else. Sometimes she would crawl under the gates to our yard, she was that small. She used to have a sisfur, named Frito, a rat terrier, but she was rehomed. Her and I would have races in my yard once in a while. I do miss her!
Next is a trio of canines. Chico is a chihuahua, he is so mean... if he gets out of his yard, he will charge at us. No fun to meet up with him...He is a 'grumpy old man'. Then there is Darby, another rat terrier. She is silly and cute. She limps a lot, her boss man said she got hit with a car many years ago. I have't seen her for quite a while, She may have made her trip to the Bridge, she was very old. Then there is Max a chow/lab mix. He is huge, and I am glad he is in his yard. He barks very ferociously, and his boss man says that he may bite. OOOH! But he says he is a wuss when he isn't protecting the house...
At the next place is a young female German shepherd. She is nuts! I think she has no job, so she has made her own which is to bark and lunge at evrything that she sees. Her name is Lovey, (!), but she doesn't seem that way to me. Once she got out because her boss lady left the gate open, but at least she just wanted to play!
Across from her is Bailey, a medium sized white mutt. He is FAT! he likes to bark at me, but he is friendly when I meet him and his boss person walking him.
Next is Bayla. She is an American Staffordshire Terrier. A very big dog. When I first saw her as a puppy, she was almost as big as me! She is very placid and well behaved. She runs loose in her yard when her boss lady is there, and she stays put when we walk by. My growlmy says I should be like that...how boring! Sometimes we meet on a walk, she even smells too good to be true!
Beside her is a beautiful golden lab, named Molly. Her yard has an electric fence...so Molly knows exactly where she needs to stop. She always says hello, then stands there and looks at us like she too would like a nice long walk in the country...
Then we come to Bumper and Lucy's house. Bumper is a mutt, he looks like he has rottweiler and Bernese blood in him. He is also very fat and round. Maybe that is why he is called Bumper.
His sisfur is Lucy. She is a mutt, with black long hair. She is very mean, even to Bumper. I have seen her snarl and nip at him when they get all bent out of shape because we are too close to their territory, (We are on the road passing by their house...).Before I knew that she was mean, I tried to say hello, and nearly got my nose bitten off. My growlmy says she is an evil alpha dog...Bumper was quite friendly to me before she joined that furmily. We would exchange sniffs and romp a bit.
Next door to them is a house with a new dog, I think a Boxer, I have only seen him from a distance. They used to have a very old, fat and skin diseased dog, but I think it went TTB.
Across from there is a little white toy poodle. I don't see her very often and I don't know her name.
Beside there is another dog I feel sorry for. He is an older mutt, looks like he has pointer in him. His boss man always gets so annoyed with him when he barks at us when we go past. I guess he doesn't know that dogs do bark to scare off potential trespassers. I never see him get a walk. I wonder why some people have dogs, especially big ones if they don't give them any exercise...or fun dog stuff...
Well, that is about the first quarter mile of my daily stroll. So you can see why I need more than one chapter for all this story about my dog acquaintances.
To be continued.
Woofs for now!
February 26th 2010 6:23 pm
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Well, I did a god job of house guarding. I didn't let anyone in, and no one tried to steal anything either...BOL.The bad weather was keeping most creatures, of all species in their own cozy places where they belong. So that was that. And my pay was some doggy cookies. Humpf! I thought I would get a huge bone or whatever...Oh well, the best part was when my bossboy came out of the snow fog...Yippee! I was hooting with glee to see him. Its been so long. I liked it better when he was still in High school.
Growlmy did buy me a nice new collar, but it is too long even for a big guy like me...so I will have to wait until she goes back to that pet shop...
Growlmy had a very hard trip getting back here, she said the snow made the visibility very poor, and of course the roads were atrocious. I am glad they got back safely. Now Bossboy can take me for a walk...in the snow!
The weather man had not warned that we would be getting this much of a storm...so I guess he needs to go back to weatherman school...Otherwise growlmy might have waited a day or two...
I am sleeping in my nest now, I had such a hard day of work. BOL!
Woofs and Licks!
February 26th 2010 7:10 am
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I am going to have a job today. Growlmy is having to drive to U of M to pick her son up for a week of vacation. (For him,that is) That's a 180 mile round trip, so it will mean I will be here for several hours all alone with my kitty furblings. I shall have to station myself at the window to make sure no intruders such as squirrels, cats or those turkeys I saw on my walk this morning don't try to come and steal our food or cozy nests...BOL!
But I am worried that I may have to alone longer than normal for this Growlmy trip because the weather is BAD! Why is it that when ever plans are made that the weather tries to mess things up...At least it isn't as bad as further east where another huge dump of snow is happening.
But the best part is, that when growlmy gets home, I will get to have my bossboy with me for10 days. YEAH! BOL!
February 24th 2010 5:26 pm
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Today on my early morning walk, about 7:15 am, ET, I heard some barking. Now that is nothing new in my neighbourhood...I know lots of doggys on my regular beat...some are even sort of my furends.
Anyways, I heard this barking of 2 dogs that I have met and greeted in the past. Today their growlmy was not out with them...and they were not in the fenced area they have, or tied up at the porch. They were running loose! OMD! A big mixed breed and a smaller and younger one also a mutt. Both girls, so at first I thought they were going to be friendly to handsome me...
But the bigger dog was NOT friendly today. She was barking and growling and baring her teeth and lunging at me and growlmy. Then her furbling decided to help with the fracas. Growlmy was rather concerned about herself and me...And no boss lady of these 2 dogs. Where was she when we needed her!
Growlmy told those dogs NO in a very loud voice and wonder 0f wonders the bigger one backed off. Then she came back, and got so close to me that I had to have a word with her, too. GRRR! Growlmy told me 'No!' and made me sit beside her while she tried to talk those 2 to go back into their yard. They would go back, and we would walk a few strides farther, but then there they would come again all growling and snarling...Eventually we were far away from them that they just sat at the edge of their yard and barked...So we could continue our walk. (I guess they thought they had protected their property!)
Wouldn't you know it?! As soon as we were out of easy sight of the house they live in, We heard their growlmy calling for them...A LITTLE LATE...we thought!
Brother, sure hope our walks are less adventuresome than this. Glad nothing bad happened to me or my growlmy.
And we are getting more SNOW! Oh brother, haven't we had enough yet? I think we've had about 4 or 5 inches today already, and there is a lake effect advisory...at least we aren't in the warning counties...BOL!
Well, time to go to my cozy dog nest...Night!
Woofs and licks!
February 23rd 2010 5:58 pm
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I could be a mountain climber! At least that's what growlmy told me today. We have had so much snow that there are very tall mountains of it all over the place. My own version of The Rocky's...snow capped even! BOL! When growlmy showed me these adventure makers...I just looked at her. What? You want me to climb that!? Who are you kidding? I just planted my 4 on the ground and grrd...Not me! I only climb the stick mountains when I think I can get the critters that are living in them...These snow mountains are only good for cold feet! WOOF!
I think growlmy forgot that I really DO NOT like winter stuff all that much...Why when it makes a fresh snow I always stick my head out of the doggy door and make sure its not too deep, before I venture into it. Once, growlmy had to clear the porch before I even would go out...to do my you know what...BOL! I'm only a brave Jack when it suits me - Hah! BOL,BOL!
So, even with winter Olympics in session I will have to forgo dreaming for a medal or flag for mountain climbing...I have aspirations of more doggy type sports! BOL!
Woofs and licks!
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